Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that the Upper Chamber of Congress will hold an election security hearing, The Hill reports.
“We intend to have a briefing on election security,” McConnell said to reporters at a weekly press conference Tuesday afternoon.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said last week that he had heard from McConnell that a briefing would take place.
“I have some positive news. I have spoken to the Republican leader about that request. He has assured me we will have a briefing,” Schumer said on the floor of the Senate.
McConnell did not mention planning a briefing last week, and Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said last Thursday that he hadn’t heard about one from the majority leader.
Senators have stressed the need for additional legislation to guard against further interference by Russia following the conclusion of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. One election security bill, the DETER Act, recently passed the Senate.
The majority leader did not directly respond to questions about potential bills, instead claiming that the media hasn’t done enough to cover the lack of interference since 2016.
“I do think the missing story that very few of you have written about is the absence of problems in the 2018 election. I think the Trump administration did a much, much better job,” McConnell said.
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